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An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit

How does a post-industrial city manage property that no longer generates tax revenue but still needs the grass cut? One entrepreneur says he has a solution: He's buying up 1,500 empty city lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.
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Boehner's 'Plan B' Falters In The House

On Thursday night, a vote on the Republican plan for avoiding the "fiscal cliff" was canceled in the House of Representatives. Apparently Speaker John Boehner didn't have enough GOP votes to pass his so-called "Plan B". Melissa Block talks with Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio. He would have supported plan and is disappointed it failed.
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Nativity Collector Dreams Of Mangers And Museums

Margo Dixon has a longtime passion for Nativity scenes and has accumulated 1,450 sets over the years. When she retired two years ago, Dixon moved to Bethlehem, Pa., with hopes of opening a Nativity museum.
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For NRA, There's Nothing To Debate About Guns

Some politicians believed the mass shooting in Newtown would be a tipping point leading to new gun restrictions. That may still happen, but the NRA and other groups have made clear their belief that guns aren't the problem.
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Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis

Kristian Aspelin had one thing in his favor: enough money to pay for medical experts. The experts were able to convince prosecutors that his infant son's death was an accident.
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Killer's DNA Won't Explain His Crime

Sandy Hook and other mass killings have left people wondering how someone could engage in such behavior. Scientists say that genes can indeed predispose a person to mental illness or violence. But genetic variants alone can't explain why someone commits mass murder.
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John Kerry Already A Familiar Face To World Leaders

The Massachusetts senator has already carried out sensitive diplomatic efforts on behalf of President Obama, with a strong focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years.
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Boehner's Power Outage Dimming Obama's Options As Well

John Boehner's inability to get fellow Republicans to line up behind him not only increases doubts about his future as House speaker; it also raises a more immediate question for President Obama: Who can he negotiate with in the effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff?

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